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Way Point Saloon

I just have to say, the outdoor seating affair at Way Point Saloon is really well done! Numerous high-tops spread out in a semi-enclosed tent thing. Provided the perfect wind break and 100% shade. Most important to me was the stability of the table. Rock solid considering I was in a parking lot. Not wobbly at all. Service the entire time was fast, friendly and thorough! It’s always a pleasure eating here and enjoying a couple libations. I’m pretty sure they sport the largest draft beer selection in Ramona.
I ordered “The Rancher” which is something I haven’t had here in about 5 years. Smoked cheddar, bacon, onion rings and a tangy, somewhat spicy BBQ sauce – that’s it! Only $14.95 (plus modest ‘rona surcharge). Includes your choice of side; I always get their delicious beer battered fries. Today reminded me why I haven’t ordered The Rancher in 5 years. After eating this I had to take two showers and then lay down. This time though the burger seemed to be more thoughtfully constructed. I’m thinking the cook might have a degree in structural engineering or perhaps is a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I appreciated how the onion rings were concentrically stacked. At any rate, I highly recommend this one as well as their Maple Bourbon Bacon Burger or Bacon ’N Bleu. All outstanding choices.

Marinade on Main

Tasty fish & chips accompanied by a delicious and refreshing slaw at Marinade on Main in Ramona! I’ve ordered this a few times here and this time the batter was particularly thick in some areas yielding an undercooked, gummy texture in spots. Any visit would not be complete without an order of their excellent butterscotch pudding!

The Par Lounge

Excellent Shrimp Capellini at The Par Lounge in Ramona! This is one of their more exquisite dinner dishes and one of four composed pasta dishes on the menu. The shrimps (4) are always plump, succulent and perfectly cooked. The pasta is usually fairly close to al dente, although not quite. It’s hard to nail angel hair just right. The delicate garlic white sauce with lemon, capers and tomato is delicious. Comes with bread! Highly recommended.

Rachel’s Urban Eatery

I was incredibly excited to finally dine at Rachel’s Urban Eatery recently (February 12, 2021)! I thought I would give them a few weeks before going in but couldn’t resist after seeing a steady stream of her food photos on social media over the last couple months. Spent almost two hours there and had a memorable experience. I was immediately struck by the seating configuration. The two outer banks of tables are now each facing inward. Sort of like an arena where you can gaze upon all the diners seated at the tables in the center. If you’ve ever been to Ramona Noodle House, you know what I’m talking about. I’m not a fan of this setup, preferring the more traditional banquettes that previously occupied this space.
The menu here is quite large and expansive. I tried ordering their fish & chips, but it is unfortunately only available during lunch hours, 11am-5pm. Instead I opted for one of my stalwart faves, the Cobb Salad. The Cobb here is exquisitely constructed and beautifully presented. It was the perfect balance of fresh romaine lettuce, cherry maters (thoughtfully sliced in half), thick and tasty applewood smoked bacon, hard boiled egg (with no unfortunate discoloration), blue cheese crumbles, avocado and housemade blue cheese dressing. I did have to request extra dressing as the salad was served quite conservatively dressed. I’ve had Cobb’s all over town and this one was very good! Only $11; add chicken or prawns for just $4 more. Great salad that ate like a meal, which it was.
Also had the Lobster Mac & Cheese as an appetizer, $14. Mac & cheese is my favorite vegetable and I consider myself a connoiseur so I had to try it. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. The mac here was a fairly pedestrian recipe, consisting of a bland cheese sauce mixed with rotini pasta. Fairly loose in consistency. Could have been off the kids menu at Applebee’s. No appearance that it had even been baked, nor any sort of crumb or cheese topping. I did like the thinly sliced green onion garnish. The 5-6 chunks of lobster nestled within were sizable. Much larger than a polyp. Every chunk though had the same uniform milky opaque appearance. It definitely seemed like a seafood-type substance; fresh lobster it was not.
This place has only been open one week so I tempered my expectations of the service. It was Friday night and they were packed! I’ve never seen so many people in this building. I recall dining here back in the day feeling like I was in a funeral parlor. The buzz last night was so lively and infectious. I felt really good for them and their future potential. I will say, there was an obvious latency with every aspect of the service, including drinks, food, etc. Every staff member we encountered though was so nice, genuine and enthusiastic. I am confident that the seemingly inexperienced staff will mature into their roles. I highly recommend checking out Rachel’s Urban Eatery, a remarkable new restaurant in Ramona. I believe they’re open for breakfast on the weekends so I’m definitely looking forward to trying that next.

The Par Lounge

Exquisite Chile Relleno Omelette at The Par Lounge in Ramona!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

I always enjoy ordering the “Supreme Burrito” at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! I requested beef as usual, but unfortunately it was made with chicken this time. Still tasty, but not what I wanted. It also wasn’t really hot enough. The dish quickly assumed room temperature throughout after being served.

Ramona Cafe

Outstanding Chorizo Scramble with beautifully toasted English muffin at Ramona Cafe!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding shrimp enchiladas at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona, CA!

Italian Cucina

Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina continues its downward spiral in food quality. The chicken parmigiana seems more institutional now, and the pasta even more overcooked. Not what it used to be. The food coming out sealed in plastic wrap only adds to my dismay. For some reason they ask if you’re “celebrating a special occasion” when making a reservation. I’m like, no, just hungry.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding carne asada quesadilla at Nuevo Girl in Ramona!

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